Bassoonist Kara LaMoure works throughout the United States and internationally as a touring performer and educator, specializing in chamber music and creative projects. She performs regularly with the prizewinning wind quintet WindSync and as a founding member of the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet. She has also recently been on the roster of the Missouri Quintet, Odyssey Chamber Music Series, and Chamber Project St. Louis. LaMoure also takes special interest in global youth orchestra movements and has coached the bassoon sections of youth orchestras in Switzerland, Honduras, Mexico, and Brazil. As an orchestral musician, Kara performed previously with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and she can be heard on the original soundtrack to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. She formerly served on the faculty of the University of Missouri and is currently active as a clinician and studio teacher in her home city of Houston, Texas.
STEphanie willow patterson
California native Stephanie Willow Patterson is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and the Principal Bassoonist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, GA. Passionate about collaboration, outreach, and contemporary music, she has performed at the Fairbanks New Music Festival, the Sonorities Festival in Belfast, Ireland, the IHearIC music series, and the Festival Internacional de Música Colonial Brasileira e Música Antiga in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Dr. Patterson's book, An Introduction to Contemporary Music for Bassoon and 64 Etudes is available through Trevco Music Publishing, and she enjoys bringing her love for contemporary music to new audiences around the globe.
Crossing genres with performances in costume, Dr. Patterson has performed Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis at the Wichita Knob Festival at the FischHaus art gallery, and In Freundschaft by Stockhausen for bassoon-playing teddy bear. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, on the busy streets of Moscow, on the pedestrian malls of Madrid, in the gilded Kappella hall in St. Petersburg, inside a medieval church in Prague, for afterschool programs in Alaska, with Pierre Boulez at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, atop a gallows at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in a room with speakers encircling the audience, in the mountains of North Carolina, and in the woods of California.
RUTH SHELLY UNGER, DMA
Shelly Unger is the bassoon instructor at Emory University, Johnson Ferry Conservatory, the New School of Music, and The Westminster Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, a Master of Music Degree from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. Her teachers include Sidney Rosenberg, Bernard Garfield and Ben Kamins.
She maintains a private teaching studio, where her students regularly place in honor ensembles, earn competition awards, and are admitted to the nation's top schools of music and conservatories. She is the founding director of the Summer Bassoon Extravaganza, and has served as director of the International Double Reed Society Teen Camp.
She performs in metro Atlanta and in regional orchestras throughout the Southeast. Dr. Unger regularly conducts clinics throughout the metro area.